The Everest Base Camp Trek is more than a hike, it’s an epic journey through the majestic Himalayas in Nepal.
Find out why I decided to embark on this journey, what it was like, what I learned, and how YOU can take the same trip.
Why Go? Adventure of a Lifetime
Epic. That was my word for the year when January 1st, 2014 came rolling around. I wanted to have an epic year. I wasn’t exactly sure what that meant, but it sounded like adventure would be had, and I needed one badly. Since I crave adventure like most people crave chocolate, I was on the lookout for my next “fix.” This was the first year I hadn’t set specific goals. Instead, I went with a single word that I wanted to focus on for the year, which is how I got “epic.”
Two weeks later I received an email from TheClymb.com who offers not only discount outdoor gear but also works with trusted third-party companies to offer discounted adventure travel experiences. That email advertised a 16-day trek to Everest Base Camp with a local Nepal company called Ace the Himalaya for around $1,800 which included food, accommodation, a guide, a porter, and a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley.
That trip seemed to jump off the page and scream, EPIC. Before this email, I had no idea that you could even go to Everest Base Camp if you weren’t planning to summit the highest mountain on earth. How did I not know this was a thing?
Summiting Everest has never been on my bucket list. If it’s on yours, more power to you. Way to go! For me…I like an adventure, but my sights are set a notch or two lower. So when I saw that the risk of dying was significantly lower and the price tag did NOT start at $60,000 minimum, I was immediately interested. Like this was a thing that people did. It was something that my cubicle dwelling self could do. I mean…I’d seriously have to get my saggy butt in shape, but this trip would be worth training for. My motto for working out is, if it doesn’t put the FEAR of God into me that I might die if I don’t exercise, then I’m not going to do it. Fear is an incredible motivator I’ve found, and this trip would definitely do the trick.
Since I tend to be a special sort of crazy and not many of my friends tend to crave adventure like I do, this was a trip I was doing solo. I decided to go with a guiding company since I would be able to meet up with like-minded adventure cravers and it would make a lot of the logistics a lot easier. They would pick me up from the airport, I’d be in their care the entire time, and they’d make sure I’d make it back to the airport to catch my flight back home. It made my parents worry a lot less that way.
Long story short, I made a few calls to get some questions answered and then decided that this would effectively make my year an epic one. I put my deposit down and booked the trip for September that year. I would spend the rest of the year prepping for the adventure by training, getting the gear I’d need, and saving up the rest of the money for the trip, the airfare, and time off work.